The Project's Tommy Little went on a fiery rant on Sunday night, taking aim at people who have yet to download the Australian Government's COVIDSafe app, which can contact people if they've been near someone who is carrying the virus.
The app, which launched on Sunday, isn't mandatory, but Tommy was quick to urge the Australian public to download it so we can "live our normal lives quicker".
“I am the person that if ever someone tells me to do something, I say no, but I'm so sick of talking about this virus,” the comedian began.
“I'm sick of people not being able to leave their homes, and if the one thing you do, if you don't do anything else in your day today, just download this app.
“It will make it so much easier for us to live our normal lives quicker.
“I'm sick of not playing sport, sick of not watching sport, just – download the freaking app, people.”
Fellow host Peter van Onselen told the panel he'd been initially dubious about downloading the app, revealing he and Lisa Wilkinson had an argument about it backstage.
“I'm glad Tommy you said that. Seriously, Lisa, you convinced me. You could call me belligerent. I'm doing it to be stubborn. I thought about it,” Peter said.
“We had a strong conversation,” Lisa replied.
The app uses Bluetooth to store information about your interactions and can be accessed by health officials if a person contracts coronavirus.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt took to Twitter on Sunday night and revealed: "As at 10:30pm 1 million Australians have now downloaded and registered for the #CovidSafeApp."
As at 10:30 PM 1 million Australians have now downloaded and registered for the #CovidSafeapp - please join us and help protect ourselves, our families, each other but above all else our nurses and doctors— Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) April 26, 2020
For the app to be truly effective, the Government says the app will need an adoption rate of 40 per cent.
According to a Newspoll in The Australian on Monday, 54 per cent of Australians are prepared to install the app.
For those who are worried about privacy, Mr Hunt also explained that using a fake name is "legally available".
"Obviously it's better, I think, if it's exactly who you are. But above all else we want to be able to be in contact, for the state health officials to be in contact."
I can't help but feel that opposition to #COVIDSafe mainly stems from vastly overestimating the level of privacy and freedom we think we enjoy under ordinary conditions.— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) April 26, 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said only health authorities would have access to the data.
"It's another tool we need to get back to normal as much as we can," he said.
Contact numbers picked up by a person's phone can only be downloaded by a health officer when someone gets the coronavirus and gives permission.
"No other government agency can use this information, no one in the commonwealth government at all, and in state authorities, only the health officer can use it," he said.
"Not the police, not the welfare people, nowhere else. Just the health officer."
All information on the app is also deleted after 21 days.
With reporting by AAP.
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